Non-EU students who wish to enter Switzerland must have a valid passport and be in possession of a study visa issued by a Swiss Embassy or Consulate. Please note that a tourist visa does not authorize a student with a foreign passport to study in Switzerland. Applications for a study visa must be submitted to the Swiss Embassy in your home country which is then forwarded to the Cantonal authority in Switzerland. The whole process takes 6 to 8 weeks.
All foreign students (EU & Non-EU) living in Switzerland require a Student B permit.
Switzerland is now part of the Schengen zone which means that once you have a Student B permit, you are allowed to travel to the following countries without a visa: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
Note: Part-time study options are not accepted as sufficient reason by Swiss authorities to grant a study visa for students from outside the EU/Schengen area.